November 11, 2017

Rating October Goals

October has been over for over a week now, so maybe it's time to revisit my goals for last month. :) The main focus was to 1) tackle midterms and start the second half of the semester STRONG
 and 2) do my part to make sure Alison and Alex have a wonderful wedding. I'll take an A for both of them!

I really cracked down on homework and stayed a few steps ahead of what was due. It really reduced the stress of deadlines, especially as the wedding got closer. I feel like I finally have a rhythm going.

And the wedding was amazing! I can't begin to describe everything about that day, but it was really a beautiful ceremony and reception. Everything came together with some help from our wonderful friends and family, and we had a BLAST.

As for the rest... I'm not going to go through it point by point, but it was hit or miss. I didn't go to church every week like I wanted to, and I didn't go to the gym once. But I made some appointments and finished a couple of projects, and I registered for spring classes.

One goal that surprised me last month was my plan to get up earlier. I changed my mind about trying to become a "morning person." Part of what made school go so well this month was deciding to work with my late to bed/late to rise habit. For the last few weeks, I have taken advantage of my most active hours (late afternoon/evening) by starting homework late - around sunset - and stopping when I get tired, usually around midnight. Then I set my alarm for late morning, and spend the daylight running errands, clean, work on projects, etc. until late afternoon, and the cycle starts over.

I'm so much happier and energized, and I'm getting so much more done.

I'm not going to write out my goals for November, but it's already been a super productive month! I am way ahead with homework and have finished "fall cleaning," so I started a new project: closet purging. Next week my family will host Friendsgiving, so I also need to plan for that this coming week. Tomorrow I'll go to church... probably... maybe... I'm thinking about visiting a different church, I haven't visited anywhere in a while!

Happy November!

November 9, 2017

Tea Cup & Mug Exchange Reveal 2017!

I had such a great time participating this year! I wish I had taken a picture of the package I sent out, because the mug was so pretty and I had so much fun picking out items to send with it, but I'm looking through October and September pictures and I can't seem to find any. Oh well!

A really sweet girl named Irene sent me a package FILLED with cute things, along with items she (and her sister!) had hand-made!

This is what it looked like when I opened the package up - see that floral tape on the box inside? That was on the outside, too. The whole box was wrapped up in fancy tape, it was such a bright package to receive. :) And of course the card is adorable and appropriate.


I'm not going to go through every single item, but some highlights are the crocheted coffee cups and the "be still & know" magnet. It's on my magnetic white board by my door where I'm reminded of it every day - so appropriate for my life right now!

This is the awesome mug I received - front & back. The Bible verse is Psalm 91:4. It came with chocolate, packets of hot chocolate, and a homemade cappuccino mix (that I need to get the recipe for, it was delicious).

I had so much fun participating again and look forward to next year as well!!

October 2, 2017

October Vibes

Mums were on sale at Shop Rite yesterday, so I picked up three plants and figured I could find a place for them somewhere!

September 28, 2017

Wondering About the Future

It's been awhile since I sat down and rambled.  Let's talk a little bit about God's plan, what the future holds, what the purpose of life is... Spoiler alert: I get super excited when I talk about the unique plan God has for each of us.

So here's me right now: I'm currently a full-time college student.  I graduated a couple of years ago with an associate's degree from community college, and transferred last year to the University at Albany's fully online Informatics bachelor degree program (with a concentration in Information Technology).

My "classroom"

September 27, 2017

October Goals

Once my goals are public, I have a little accountability, sooo here we go: these are my goals for October. I'll revisit this list at the end of the month and evaluate how everything went. Maybe I'll give them letter grades, just to make it fun.

The main focus of this month is twofold:

     1) Tackle midterms and start the second half of the semester STRONG, and

     2) Do my part to make sure Alison and Alex have a wonderful wedding!!!

Everything else is just day-to-day things.

My part in the wedding is pretty easy; I'm the maid of honor, and I'm also the designer of signage, programs, and centerpieces. Honestly, the biggest obstacle is the social aspect of the wedding - I'm not a fan of crowds... Parties... Dancing... Being on stage... Public speaking... But there's really nothing I can do to prepare for that ahead of time! But you can be sure I'll be practicing controlled breathing, and I might possibly completely dissociate from reality and let loose for a few hours. :)

Anyway. Welcome to my October goals:

September 24, 2017

Commence the Seasonal Activities

No, the weather hasn't gotten the memo that it's fall now, but I'm not complaining. Visiting an apple orchard in 80 degree weather is fine with me. Fun fact: the Hudson Valley, where I live, is known as the Apple Belt of New York!

My mom and I were both hanging around while everyone else was at work yesterday, so we decided to visit nearby Barton Orchards. It's always PACKED with people coming up from NYC for the day, and it's a liiiittle more commercial than the farms that I usually prefer to visit, but we had a great time.

September 23, 2017

Quick Update: Blog Recommendations and Mug Exchangin'

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

I want to be a little more consistent about reading blogs I follow and posting, so I've started using/claimed my blog on Bloglovin' (whatever that means, haha). For anyone who stumbles across my blog, I really just plan on posting about my experiences and thoughts in my free time; I don't have a "niche." I'm looking to follow more blogs of all kinds, so please let me know about your favorite blogs (or even your own blog!) so that I can expand my reading list!

Also, yesterday I received the info on the person I'm sending a mug to  in the Enchanting Rose 11th Tea Cup & Mug Exchange - I'm super excited to get out at some point and make up a fun package!

That's it, just a quick update. :)

Comment your favorite blog/s and let me know about your own blog, too!

September 22, 2017

Fall In Love

I'll hold onto summer as long as I can, but once the first day of autumn is here, I'm ALL ABOUT fall!

I always work on Fridays, but I just so happened to have switched with a coworker and had the day off. I also didn't have much homework because a couple of my classes are on a break for Rosh Hashanah. I had almost a whole day free, and since it's been such a gorgeous day, I tried to take as much advantage of it as I could!

This morning my mom and I went on a ~10 mile bike ride on the rail trail. I am pretty out of shape and my legs are killing me now...

September 20, 2017

Spillin' the Tea on Anxiety

From reading previous posts, maybe you already know that I'm on a mini quest for handling an anxiety problem. Here's a little insider knowledge on that corner of my life, in case there's someone out there who can relate, or wants to hear that there's a person out there who knows how you feel.

Early last year, I started to struggle more and more with anxiety.

Tea Cup and Mug Exchange 2017

It's the last day to sign up for the mug exchange, and I reentered the blog world just in time to participate!

Two years ago I participated. Giving and receiving were equally as fun! I got a tall rooster mug and gave a fox mug. Here's the post I wrote up about it in October 2015!

The package I received from Hannah (she contributes to a number of blogs/businesses)

The mug I sent to Natalie from Wordz on a Page
I've been having trouble lately finding fellow bloggers to follow. I really want to connect to the community and am hoping this is an opportunity to do so! :) I'm praying for a fun exchange and to meet two wonderful new people.

A Few Months Later

It's so weird how sometimes, in the space of 6 months, nothing changes at all, but other times, so much changes???

Innisfree Gardens back in May
I have some stories and pictures to share from the time since I last wrote, so enjoy a look back and a grab bag of personal thoughts and snapshots...

March 9, 2017

travelling + spring break coming soooooon.....

I feel like I'm the only person in the world who doesn't really care for vacations.  I'm excited to leave for Florida this weekend, but honestly, vacations and travelling are a couple of things that cause me the most stress.   But vacations are one of those things that I think that are worth wrestling with the anxiety over, because it's a good experience usually, and I'm going with cool people.  Nothing I can't handle with some prayer, my sketchbook journal, and maybe a little wine.

February 13, 2017

spring break rail adventure 2017?!

Spring Break approacheth.

A bunch of us are headed to Hollywood for a few days.  In Florida, because apparently there's a Hollywood in Florida.  COOL.

Everyone is taking a 3-hour flight to get down there.  Not me!  I'm turning my dread of plane travel into checking something off my bucket list: I'm going to take a train.

January 26, 2017

before the snow melts

I wanted to test some things with my camera  (specifically to find out if I really need to always only take massive .raw pictures... the answer is no).  So I went out during the golden hour yesterday to mess around a little bit.  We had a nor'easter blow through this week, so it's pretty snowy and slushy, but it was sunny and kind of warm yesterday and everything is starting to melt, making for a really pretty evening.

January 25, 2017

books i read this month || january 2017

I opened an account on Goodreads again and have been carefully keeping track of the books I'm reading this year.  This month I read only non-fiction.  Here are the three books I read in 2017, as well as a short synopsis and review of each...

January 24, 2017

first day of school

I STILL get excited about the first day of school!  And this one is all-around maybe the most exciting, because I'm at a new school and I have a new major and it's been way too long since I exercised these educational muscles.  Essays, tests, assignments, discussions, quizzes, readings, textbooks; all so stressful, but I can't deny that the productivity gives me a buzz like nothing else.

January 19, 2017

when & why i started this blog

I recently took a look at my oldest posts on this blog, just out of curiosity.  It's been around for about 2 years and 3 months.  If this blog was a child it would be able to walk and talk; thankfully this blog is not a child, since I neglect it for months at a time!

Anyway, I wanted to revisit my purpose for this blog, and maybe check out what's been going on in my life over that time, including some goofy selfies for illustrative purposes. ;)

January 17, 2017

defining moments of my college education

Since I begin classes in a week, at a whole new university, I've been thinking recently about my five semesters at community college: the courses I took, the professors I met there, the memories...  I'd like to share some of my most important moments college!

January 16, 2017

has sherlock jumped the shark?

I had another post lined up for today, but I can't ignore what's been bothering me since last night, so I think I'm going to write about it.  You're going to see my nerdier side, because although I avoid fandoms, I do have a fangirl button and it has been PUSHED.

January 12, 2017

i needed this

First haircut of the year.  I dread getting going to the hair salon; it's a stressful experience!  But I sucked it up today.

back to school (again)

Exciting news: I'm going back to school.  I took a sort of "gap year" between getting my associate's degree and beginning my bachelor's degree, so I'm a little apprehensive of how it'll be to be back in college full time, even though I'll be a fully online student.

Anyway, as a distance learner, the biggest way I'm preparing for the first day of classes is by getting my work space ready.  Really all I need is a clean desk and good supplies/stationary.  Today I went out and purchased a couple of items as a kind of "back-to-school" mini haul, and I think it would be fun to share the things I got.  :)

January 11, 2017

have you tried turning it off and on again?

Let's get philosophical and talk about all of 2016 as if it had any kind of discernible pattern!

January 8, 2017

the newest of years (video)

Another video whoop

I had this big idea to make a video every week using short video clips I took every day, similar to this one I made for the first week of 2017, but I am not the type of person who has their phone or camera always ready to capture moments.  So this can be a special thing.  Maybe I'll do one for the last week of the year and compare them?  Or something.  :)

January 1, 2017

my year in pictures 2016 (video)

I'm reanimating this dead blog to convince you to be interested in a bunch of pictures I took in 2016 set to melancholy music.  Here it is:

I may do something similar next year... :)